A rare and most unusual 18th-century binding of calf, the sides decorated with an ornate Grolieresque design, created by a stencil & acid treatment. BINDING.
A rare and most unusual 18th-century binding of calf, the sides decorated with an ornate Grolieresque design, created by a stencil & acid treatment.

“Reliure en Veau marbré à Reserves”

A rare and most unusual 18th-century binding of calf, the sides decorated with an ornate Grolieresque design, created by a stencil & acid treatment.

Small 8vo (143 x 103 mm.), calf with a complex interlacing pattern (corners a little worn), gilt decoration on spine nearly rubbed away. Binding on a fragment of Charles Vion Dalibray’s Les Oeuvres poetiques du Sr Dalibray (1653).

An extremely rare type of 18th-century binding style, known in only a few examples, called by Léon Gruel “reliure en veau marbré à réserves” (see Gruel’s description and illustration of another such binding in his Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l’Amateur de Reliures, II, p. 158). These bindings usually appear on smallish books with designs imitating those of Jean Grolier’s bindings.

These decorative bindings were created by fixing a stencil with the desired design to the cover of a calf binding and, using a brush or cloth, applying a caustic liquid that not only colored the leather but created an incised pattern.

Very good copy.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 7607

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